A fine Islington townhouse is being refurbished and enlarged. The raised ground floor entrance separate from the main body of the house. The main need is a new larger kitchen, which will be extended on the first floor to form an orangery extension. The extra space provided to the first floor will allow for a new dining room to be incorporated to the kitchen. To the top of the house, the roof is being converted to form two additional bedrooms and new shower room. A panoramic loft room will provide framed views overlooking the city. The orangery will be expressed as a series dual pitched roofs. The massing to the rear of the house is considered and avoids an overbearing boxy development to the rear.
A series of angled facets reconnects with the garden to provides a unique architectural solution. As with most Victorian houses, the kitchen is too small. Only a modest kitchen sink window the offers a glimpse of the glorious gardens beyond. The client wanted the house to feel better connected to the garden. The extension is expressed as series of solid and void angled facets. They have been used to establish a notional hierarchy to provide a level of transparency between the house and garden. The kitchen enjoys a longer footprint with a frameless window to provide views across the neighbouring gardens. Exposed timber joists incorporate low energy strip lighting across the kitchen.
We’ve moved into a new loft style penthouse office in Bermondsey. With all sorts of exciting opportunities to look forward to we share our space with interior designer Callender Howorth. The former tannery is going through an extensive but sensitive refurbishment. The exposed beam ceiling and timber floors remain, as do the steel framed windows but it’s a very considered redevelopment.
A traditional Grange and barn in Yorkshire has been neglected for many years. The new owners are very excited by their find; an extensive refurbishment will be necessary. Its location and off grid status makes a sustainable heat strategy the most viable solution for the future. Set within remote farmland it will provide ground source heat as the most cost effective solution for a self-sufficiency. The house has some wonderful features with exposed timber beams, a stone tiled roof and half a metre thick solid walls all to be retained as original. The character of the house will be complimented by a full house refurbishment and insulating the property is a priority. The barn will be used by the boys as a bunk room and will function away from the house.
It’s rare you find a cottage in your garden but my clients have that on purchasing their house in Highgate. That said it has remained under utilised over the years. It is now time for some upgrading and the cottage is to be enlivened to provide stand alone accommodation for the in-laws. When not used by guests it will have a certain amount of flexibility to provide a study area for the client’s daughters and their friends. In the evening it will be used as a party venue following dinner parties or where they can watch a film. The provision of a sliding partition wall will allow the cottage to be subdivided into dedicated areas to provide privacy. The mezzanine will be orientated to run the length of the cottage. It will remain as a visual connection to the ground floor and provide a dedicated study area with extra bedroom space. To assist in the flexibility of space clever joinery will be incorporated to conceal the bed when not in use.
Currently configured as a two bedroom with a fine South facing aspect. The internal layout to a Dartmouth Park maisonette is to completely reconfigured. The main living rooms are moved to the rear with the creation of an open plan double-height space which opens onto the rear garden. Two extra bedrooms are relocated to the rear of the property other bedrooms. The new maisonette with better connectivity with the garden now feels more like a new house.
We are working with Callender Howorth on a fine country house and outbuildings in Great Shelford, Cambridge. A series of interconnected buildings are to be enlivened with a contemporary refurbishment. The traditional materials will be enhanced and complemented to provide a modern environment. A new roof conversion will provide a sizeable extra floor to the main house and provide dedicated accommodation for the au pair.
forresterarchitects have submitted a householder planning application for a fine Victorian terraced house in the De Beaviour Conservation Area. The newly purchased house the upper floors are proportioned and bright. The lower ground floor partly due to its North facing aspect is a little gloomy. The client’s need is for a brighter equipped kitchen and bedroom connecting more to the garden. A new glazed rear extension is proposed. It provides framed views of the garden from the kitchen and stairwell corridor resulting in a bright day-lit environment. A double height glazed roof-light space is proposed to the dining area and aims to provide as much natural light as possible to the back of the house. The key to the proposed configuration is the retention of an existing roof terrace. It will continue to be used for afternoon gatherings and evening drinks. The house is currently configured as a three bedroom private dwelling. The proposal provides a fourth bedroom for guests with an extra wet-room shower room provided
forresterarchitects are working with interior designer Callender Howorth on a full house refurbishment in Clapham, South London. The house has had significant remodelling will be carried out and a new basement floor will have been added. A new double height rear extension to the rear will allow direct access to the rear garden. A new loft studio is provided to the top floor and the existing garage will be reconfigured to provide a discreet side entrance
forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new detached garden studio to a house in Notting Hill. The concept design offers a modern architectural solution to provide extra studio accommodation within the rear garden which respects and contributes to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The new structure is orientated to capture the south facing aspect to enhance the garden environment and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond.
A desirable maisonette which forms part of an imposing end of terrace Victorian house in Dartmouth Park is bursting at the seams. The client doesn’t want to move and a maisonette refurbishment offers great potential. A design feasibility report has been submitted by forresterarchitects to realise the full potential. Currently configured as a two bedroom with a South facing aspect the internal layout is completely reconfigured. The bedrooms are relocated to the rear of the property with the main living spaces moved to the rear. A key design feature is the creation of an open plan double height space which opens onto the rear garden.
forresterarchitects have remodelled a third floor flat in a fine Art Deco flat to a fine mansion block in Balham. The existing configuration was fine but some issues were problematic and need to be resolved. A feature wall provides a central focus for the flat. The wall can be circumnavigated to access a new kitchen layout and reconfigured bathrooms which were a priority for the client.
forresterarchitects have completed design feasibility for a property in Ladbroke Grove. The client is a close neighbour to one of our early refurbishment and rear extension projects, Barlby. The client, who’s father is a retired architect, new exactly what was wanted. A sleek clean simple rear extension is a subtle and considered alternative solution to the typical rear garden extension. Within the Oxford Conservation Area planning permission is required even though the proposal would be considered Permitted Development. The rear extension will provide a large open plan kitchen with full-width sliding doors. Working from home a dedicated silversmiths studio is also provided. A glazed roof-light runs the entire length of the side infill extension and provides natural daylight deep into the main body of the house.
forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility study for a mixed-use development for a media company. They require a new vibrant London headquarters. The refurbishment of an existing building requires re-planning to deal with their expanding business. Two new floors of private residential accommodation will be provided to add significant extra income in the funding of the development.
A new build house in Stalham Staithe, Norfolk Broads has been designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) principles by London based studio forresterarchitects.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park it is a particularly sensitive location to new-build developments. The local environment, with light industrial and agricultural uses, is dominated by the large expanse of water, the Barton Broads. Interspersed between the watercourses are rich and varied collections of buildings, which nestle together in the flat typography. There are attractive views in all directions. Contained within each view are the roofs of the buildings of the Broads, which act as dominant visual markers within the landscape, which aid orientation and establish a hierarchy of function to the built environment. The immediate environment is shared with a number of local red brick buildings. The site is surrounded by a number of nineteenth century buildings, which contribute to the local character of Stalham Staithe. The Old Granary, the largest listed building within the area, is enhanced further by a number of traditional dwellings. To the North are a couple of modern detached bungalows. Beyond the Staithe Road, which skirts the perimeter of the site, are a number of residential buildings, which draw from traditional vernacular forms and materials, as expected within a conservation area.
forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for a discreet pergola-inspired garden structure to a house in the Belsize Conservation Area. The design proposal expresses the requirements of the brief within an accordion structure. The concept is an exploration of the traditional garden pergola. It offers a modern architectural solution, which respects and contributes to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The new structure is orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond.
forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for twin townhouse refurbishments off Oxford Street in Central London. With the development of a more modern family life, in whatever form this may take, house layouts are no longer realising their full potential. The works aim to re-establish the internal hierarchy of a late Victorian house. Formal receptions rooms will be retained on the ground and first floor with bedrooms on the upper floors. The kitchen and dining rooms will be retained on the lower ground floor. Both properties will be rewired with new plumbing throughout.
forresterarchitects have secured full planning approval for a new build house on the Norfolk Broads. The house will be designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) standards.
The Passive House (Passivhaus) concept aims to dramatically reduce the requirements for space heating and cooling whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels. The focus of the Passive House (Passivhaus) is to dramatically reduce the requirement for space heating and cooling, whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels.
This is primarily achieved by adopting a fabric first approach to the design, specifying high levels of insulation to the thermal envelope with exceptional levels of air tightness and the use of whole house mechanical ventilation. The heating requirement in a Passive House (Passivhaus) building is reduced to the point where a traditional heating system is no longer considered essential. Cooling is also minimised by the same principles and through the use of shading. Night purging and the use of natural cross-ventilation through open windows is encouraged during the summer months
The new house will be inspired by the light industrial forms which predominate the local surrounding area. The roof forms explored and developed further to provide a modern architectural solution which draws references from these vernacular forms and materials and how they are positioned in the landscape. The accommodation brief is expressed in an informal arrangement of ‘sheds’. The ‘sheds’ in their juxtaposition aim to contribute positively to the local character of the area and the wider environment.
The new build house is almost perfectly orientated benefiting from a South facing facade. To maximise further from the early morning sunshine the house will be orientated a further 10 degrees to the East.
forresterarchitects have provided a full architectural service for a house refurbishment in the Bradmore Conservation Area in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. A fine Victorian terraced house in the Brackenbury Village. It has been reconfigured to provide four bedrooms. A key design feature of the house is a large boudoir with open plan access to a private bathroom. The other bedrooms have been enhanced with fine bespoke joinery. A dynamic rear extension introduces the London roof to provide a modern kitchen and dining room.
forresterarchitects have secured planning approval for a garden pavilion to the rear garden of a detached house in Highgate, North London. The ground floor flat was shared by two professionals yet accommodation for visiting family was problematic. A self-contained garden pavilion solved that. Conceived as a sleek modern pavilion the proposal provides two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. With direct access to the garden and the house provides flexibility and allows the occupants a certain degree of privacy.
forresterarchitects are listed in the international design and decoration magazine House & Garden exclusively as architects in the London area. The design master class directory provides an interactive source of all the information you will need to renovate or build your own home. A number of high-profile projects by the practice across Central London have brought our work to the attention of this definitive guide to stylish living.
forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for the refurbishment of a Grade II listed cottage in West Mersea, Colchester. The C17/18 Gambrel and Peg tile roof with v-section wooden eaves trough on wooden brackets are listed as key features. As part of the design brief, the cottage is to be returned to its original condition. Inspired by the simple forms and materials of the local boat sheds. A modern architectural solution draws from the vernacular and in turn respects its immediate environment. The design proposal provides a new dining area and kitchen with extra bedroom accommodation when the clients have guests. The new additions are orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the defined garden spaces.
forresterarchitects are involved in the refurbishment of an apartment in a large garden square townhouse in West London. The proposal aims to reconfigure the internal layout which is in a poor condition and in need of modernisation. The apartment is currently configured as a one-bedroom apartment with a bathroom providing sanitary provision. The layout is configured as a modern one-bedroom apartment. The kitchen will remain open plan in layout to the living-room space and new sanitary provision will consist of one large bathroom. The property will provide a substantial rental income for the client.
forresterarchitects have completed a commercial office fit out involving the upgrade and reconfiguration of a media analysts headquarters in Camden Town. Originally a Victorian piano factory the building infrastructure was dated and at full capacity. An exercise in office space planning with dedicated furniture and workstations increased the occupancy capacity of the office space by a further 30%. The improvements to power and data supply ensured productivity was at its best for the future and that power would remain on without fail. Essential for a business entirely reliant on the internet for its information.
forresterarchitects are working on a Grade II remodelling to an end of terrace house in Camden Town, North London. A fine example of Edwardian architecture is comprised of a fine stucco facade with vertical sliding shutters concealed within the window cills are keys listed features. The accommodation provided is modest and the client needs to expand. The proposal aims to provide a modern glass rear extension which will engage with the garden but remain concealed behind the perimeter garden wall. The only sign of intervention will be the profiled edge of the horizontal roof beyond.
forresterarchitects have completed the refurbishment and extension to a quaint garden squared mid-terraced townhouse refurbishment, in Kennington, South London. It is a proportioned house in all living and bedrooms but suffered from an unremarkable galley kitchen. The client required a bright and airy modern kitchen and a frameless glazed roof-light extension was proposed. The full-width extension provides increased connectivity between the raised ground floor kitchen, dining room and the lower ground floor lounge room.
One of our commercial client’s has retained our services for the full internal and external conservation refurbishment of their fine Victorian villa in Tufnell Park, North London. The brief was to conserve and enhance the original period features of the house. This involved the reinstatement of lost decorative features and decorating with paints from a Victorian palette to compliment the character of the house.
forresterarchitects have completed the refurbishment to a lower ground floor flat in Hampstead, North West London. It is a currently a one bedroom private dwelling with sole use of garden. The proposal aims to reconfigure the internal layout to provide a two-bedroom private dwelling. The property demise will be extended to provide a larger kitchen extension. To the rear with direct access to the terrace and garden via sliding/folding double glazed units. Sanitary accommodation will be improved and increased to provide a larger bathroom and an en-suite to the master bedroom. Additionally, the second bedroom will be sized to provide a new bedroom to the rear with direct access to the terrace.
A prestigious residential development located in St. John’s Wood North West London requires a fresh approach to enliven this luxury penthouse apartment. A simple muted palette was more suited to the client’s tastes. A large open plan configuration is in Starck contrast to the opulence of the previous Rococo interior. A luxury refurbishment offers secret doors. Beyond the main living spaces conceal the other bedrooms each with its own private bathroom.
forresterarchitects have completed the reconfiguration of a mansion block refurbishment in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. The flat is large and wide with a lightwell central to bedrooms. The light levels to the flat even with a south facing aspect were inadequate. The reconfiguration of the flat involved making the flat feel more open plan. Large sliding doors are introduced to the living and kitchen rooms. The south-facing light to flood into the living room and artist’s studio. The bathrooms are modernised and fine joinery wardrobes are added to the bedrooms. A new kitchen layout involved the incorporation of the larder which increased the area of the kitchen.
forresterarchitects have completed a full house refurbishment to a striking art-deco house in North West London. The works involve significant remodelling to the rear of the house to provide a reconfigured galley kitchen and dining area. A series of folding-sliding doors form a centralised courtyard which provides easy access to the landscaped garden beyond. A new garden to the front and a rendered facade provide a freshly invigorated frontage to the street.
forresterarchitects have completed an alternative solution for the rear garden extension. A tired glass conservatory has been replaced with a dynamic new rear diagonal extension. It sweeps across the garden of a mid-terraced house in Ladbroke Grove, West London. A natural copper cladding is used to provide a modern vibrant solution to extend the property. The copper cladding will over time oxidise and change from orange to green as the roofs of the traditional architecture of London. The house has been refurbishment to include the remodelling of the master bathroom and bedrooms to the upper floor.
forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new penthouse floor to a flat in the Lexham Conservation Area, London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Currently configured as a two bedroom the design proposal provides an additional floor. A desirable open plan lounge and dining area for entertaining are added to the top. The lower floors are reconfigured to offer two bedrooms with en suite facilities. A feature stair connecting all floors provides access to a large oval roof-light to the roof.
forresterarchitects have submitted a remodelling proposal for a mansion block refurbishment in a fine Art Deco building in Balham. The existing configuration was fine but some issues were problematic and need to be resolved. A new kitchen layout and reconfigured bathrooms were a priority for the client.